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The Norwegian Buhund is an ancient breed
with likely ancestors dating back to 900
A.D. In Norway, six canine skeletal remains
were discovered in a Viking grave at the
Gokstad excavation site and are believed
to be related to the modern Norwegian Buhund.
In ancient times, these beloved dogs traveled
with the Vikings and were buried with their
owners with the belief they would still
perform their duties - which included providing
protection - in the afterlife.
The Norwegian Buhund is typical Spitz type
which was bred to be an all purpose farm
dog. Their functional duties included herding
and guarding livestock as well as providing
protection to property and family. In addition,
they were known to hunt wolves and bears
in very old times. This breed is medium
in size, compact and squarely built, has
prick ears, a curled over the back, plumed
tail and an alert expression.
In 1920, the first Norwegian Buhund Show
took place in Jaeren, Norway. The show was
credited to the efforts of Norway's state
counsel John Saeland who was a Buhund enthusiast.
In 1939, the Norsk Buhundklubb or Norsk
Buhund Club was founded and an emphasis
was placed on selecting only the very best
dogs for breed type and working ability.
The Norwegian Buhund is still used as a
working farm dog in its native Norway while
in other parts of the world, they are widely
used as a companion and family pet. This
breed also competes in obedience, conformation
and agility and is also used in police work
and to aid the hearing impaired.
The Norwegian Buhund was officially recognized
by the American Kennel Club in Herding Group
The height for a Norwegian Buhund according
to AKC Breed Standard is 17 - 18 ½
inches (43-47cm) for dogs and for bitches,
16 to 17 ½ inches (41-4cm). These
sizes are based on taking the measurement
at the highest point of the shoulder blade
The weight of Norwegian Buhund dog is 31
- 40 pounds (14-18kg) and 26 - 35 pounds
(12-16kg) for bitches.
The Norwegian Buhund has a double coat that
is medium to short in length. The outer
coat is thick and has a firm, hard texture.
The undercoat is dense, wooly and soft.
The coat is easy to care and needs requires
regular brushing and bathing only when needed.
The Norwegian Buhund's undercoat sheds once
to twice a year while the top coat sheds
year round yet is minimal.
The color of the Norwegian Buhund's coat
is and variety of wheaten shades or black.
The Norwegian Buhund is very friendly, affectionate
and has an even temperament. This breed
thrives on human companionship thus making
it a wonderful family pet and companion.
The Norwegian Buhund is very intelligent,
eager to please and easy to train, although
can be independent and become bored with
repetitive training. These dogs are very
alert and make an excellent watch dog. The
Norwegian Buhund is playful and has a lot
of energy making daily exercise a necessity.
This type breed does best with an active
family that enjoys playing, walking and
jogging with their Norwegian Buhund.
The Norwegian Buhund is
a healthy and hardy breed. The main health
concern is hereditary cataract disease.
The average life span of the Norwegian Buhund
is between 10 - 12 years, although when
exposed to a very healthy lifestyle, it's
possible for this s breed to live up to
the age of 14.
• The Norwegian Buhund is
the American Kennel Club's 160th breed.
• The name of the first Buhund
registered with Norsk Buhund Club was Flink.
• In Norwegian, 'bu' translates
to homestead or mountain hut and 'hund'
AKC: Herding Group
ANKC: Working Dogs Group 5
CKC:Herding Group 7
FCI: Group 5 Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs
UKC: Northern Breeds